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Wright crowned champion at Erwin Memorial match

More than 30 ploughmen turned out to compete at Killead Ploughing Society’s Erwin Memorial Match, recently held on land kindly granted by the Blelock family at Crosskennan on the outskirts of Antrim.

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Adam Ferguson from Ballymena has arrived in Abu Dhabi as part of Team UK to compete in the WorldSkills Finals.

Apprentice Adam’s ready to become ‘Skills Olympian’ in Abu Dhabi

A highly skilled young apprentice from Ballymena man has arrived in Abu Dhabi as part of Team UK to compete in the WorldSkills Finals.

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Local history talk

Local history talk

Cullybackey and District Historical Society are hosting a talk by Elizabeth Hoy on the Rev. Sam Brown Wylie entitled ‘From Moylarg to Philadelphia, on October 19.

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Tea Dances at Old Courthouse

Tea Dances at Old Courthouse

The Old Courthouse will be the venue for an afternoon of Community Tea Dancing on Wednesday, November 15, from 2-4pm.

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Evie Scarlett from Ballyclare who was selected by English Youth Ballet and is currently in rehearsals for a professional production of Swan Lake at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.

Young ballerinas stepping out in ‘Swan Lake’

Five talented young dancers from County Antrim are currently having an amazing time in rehearsals for a professional production of the ballet – Swan Lake, following their selection by the English Youth Ballet.

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Celebrating success at the Spirit of Translink Awards 2017 Awards where Antrim Bus and Rail Centre won a Platinum Award.  Photo from L-R Translink staff Grainne Butcher, Linda Lough, Stephen O�Connor and John Morgan with Jennifer Firth from Keep NI Beautiful; who independently judge the Award; and Translinks David Simpson, Brian Graham, Andy Bate and Emma McElwee.

Employee ‘SPIRIT’ celebrated at Antrim Bus and Rail Centre

Antrim Bus and Rail Centre has struck platinum in the 2017 SPIRIT of Translink Facility Awards which recognise the efforts of Translink employees right across NI.

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Four of Ballymena Floral  Art Group's talented ladies who excelled in NIGFAS competitions at Parkhall College: Standing L-R Julie Carlisle, Janet Wilson (Chairman), Kneeling L-R Colleen Hamill, Heather Hume. The ladies are pictured with The Belminster Class Entry (Striking a Different Note) by Julie and Colleen.

Floral Art Group members flourish at NIGFAS competitions

Ballymena Floral Art Group have extended congratulations to four of their lady members who excelled in competitions held at the NIGFAS (N Ireland Group of Flower Arrangement Societies) annual general meeting at Parkhall College in Antrim on Saturday, October 7.

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Consultant neonatologist Dr Richard Tubman, treasurer of the Perinatal Trust Fund, and  RMH Regional Neonatal Unit, receives a cheque for �34,000 from Holstein NI members, Gareth and Judith Smyth, and twin sons Wallace and Austin, Cloughmills; and chairman Tommy Henry.

Holstein NI raises £34k to help sick and premature babies unit

Holstein NI’s annual Open Day and stockjudging event on the outskirts of Ballymena has raised £34,000 for the regional neonatal unit - a charity close to the hearts of the event’s hosts.

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Consultant neonatologist Dr Richard Tubman, treasurer of the Perinatal Trust Fund, and  RMH Regional Neonatal Unit, receives a cheque for �34,000 from Holstein NI members, Gareth and Judith Smyth, and twin sons Wallace and Austin, Cloughmills; and chairman Tommy Henry from Stranocum.

Holstein NI raises £34k for neonatal unit

Holstein Northern Ireland has presented a cheque for £34,000 to the Perinatal Trust Fund at the Royal Victoria Hospital’s regional Neonatal Unit in Belfast.

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Former Ballymena Academy pupil, Athena Richards, who has been awarded the Anita Newell Scholarship (2000euro) for second best female student in the faculty of Engineering at Trinity College, Dublin.

Ballymena student awarded Engineering Scholarship

Congratulations to former Ballymena Academy pupil, Athena Richards, who has been awarded the Anita Newell Scholarship for second best female student in the faculty of Engineering at Trinity College, Dublin.

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Christmas Quilt Exhibition

Christmas Quilt Exhibition

Larne Museum and Arts Centre will be the venue from Friday, December 8, for a Loose Thread Quilters Christmas Quilt Exhibition.

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Robert and Myrtle Adair pictured outside their premises at Mill Street (early 1980s).

Robert Adair Jewellers celebrates 60 years

It’s a sparkling time for Robert Adair Jewellers Ltd. as the renowned Ballymena business celebrate their Diamond anniversary.

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Ulster Artists exhibition

Ulster Artists exhibition

Three Ulster Artists have come together to provide a variety of works in oils, acrylics and watercolours which are to go on display at Larne Museum and Arts Centre.

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Marlene Walsh  (L) presents Gertie Milligan (Centre) and Jacqueline Matthews (R) with the Glarryford WI Annual Competitions Cup at Glarryford WI's September agm.

Glarryford Women’s Institute look back on successful year at a.g.m.

Glarryford Women’s Institute members and guests gathered for their annual general meeting recently in their traditional Farmer’s Hall venue to reflect on a successful past year and look forward to the next.

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Dr. Ian Hamilton who will be the main speaker at a Reformation 500 Rally on October 25. (Submitted pic).

Portglenone venue for Reformation Rally

Presbyterians across the Ballymena Presbytery will gather for a special rally to mark the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation on Wednesday, October 25.

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Glens Red Squirrel Group have designated this month as Squirreltober.

Go nuts for ‘reds’ during Squirreltober

Red Squirrels have a National Red Squirrel week but the Glens Red Squirrel Group (GRSG), think a week is too short to tell the full story of their ‘Reds’ and have decided October is Squirreltober.

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Members of The Alternative Medicine Theatre company who are delighted to be bringing 'Beauty & the Beast' to the stage in The Braid Arts Centre from Thursday to Saturday, November 23-25.

Panto is on its way to the Braid - Oh yes it is!

Members of The Alternative Medicine Theatre company are delighted to be bringing ‘Beauty & the Beast’ to the stage in The Braid Arts Centre from Thursday to Saturday, November 23-25.

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Ballymena Public meeting on school budget cuts

The National Association of Head teachers (NAHT) are staging a series of public events to highlight the extent of the funding crisis facing education.

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Kathryn Woodside, Hearing Aid Audiologist with Hidden Hearing Carrickfergus.

State-of-the art clinic opens in Carrickfergus

Hidden Hearing, a leading hearing healthcare provider, have opened a new state-of-the-art hearing centre in Carrickfergus.

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